Iowa State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Iowa State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
Iowa State
(22-10, 5-9 away)
(7) Kansas
(27-5, 20-2 home)
Venue: Sprint Center
7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Iowa State W Clyburn 15.0 M Ejim 9.3 K Lucious 5.7
Kansas B McLemore 16.7 J Withey 8.4 E Johnson 4.8

Iowa State battles Kansas in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament at Sprint Center on Friday. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET and you can see it on Big 12 Network or ESPN U. The Cyclones lost to the Jayhawks 108-96 on Feb. 25 and are 1-9 against them over the last four years.

In a 73-66 win over Oklahoma on Mar. 14, Melvin Ejim put up 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones. He is averaging 11.2 points per game while also contributing a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. In a 91-63 blowout of Texas Tech on Mar. 14, Ben McLemore put up 24 points for the Jayhawks. His 16.7 points per game is the highest mark on the team. When considering the Four Factors, Kansas performs well in effective field goal percentage at 53.4. This ranks second in the conference and 28th in the country.

Kansas StatSmack

  • The Iowa State assist leader (Korie Lucious, 172 assists) has more assists than the Kansas assist leader (Elijah Johnson, 149 assists).
  • Iowa State has come back to win after being down at half against Kansas four times since 1998.
  • Will Clyburn is ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in points and 5th in the Big 12 in rebounds.
  • Korie Lucious is ranked 7th in the Big 12 in three-pointers and 32nd nationally in assists.
  • Iowa State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Iowa State is 225 lbs compared to 205 lbs for Kansas.
  • Chris Babb is ranked 8th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
  • The Iowa State three-point leader (Tyrus McGee, 87 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Kansas three-point leader (Ben McLemore, 62 three-pointers).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Iowa State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (943 to 1000) than Kansas, per the NCAA.
  • Melvin Ejim is ranked 30th nationally in rebounds.
  • The Iowa State rebounding leader (Melvin Ejim, 288 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey, 266 rebounds).
ISU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Will Clyburn 0 15 7 2 1 0 3
B Melvin Ejim 27 11 9 1 1 1 2
B Georges Niang 25 12 5 2 1 0 1
B Tyrus McGee 24 13 3 1 1 0 1
B Chris Babb 0 9 3 2 1 0 1
B- Korie Lucious 31 10 2 6 1 0 3
C Bubu Palo 13 3 1 2 0 0 1
C- Percy Gibson 13 5 3 0 0 1 0
C- Anthony Booker 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Naz Long 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Tyler Ellerman 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Aaron Law 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Nkereuwem Okoro 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 32 16 5 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 14 9 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 1 1
C+ Perry Ellis 13 5 4 0 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 19 5 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 2 0 1 1 1
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ A. White III 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Self 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Niko Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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